Kia Picanto (Front / Side View) (2013)
Kia Picanto (Side View) (2013)

Ride and Handling

In addition to our reservations about out of town performance, is the handling, if you are expecting a hot hatch then this is not the car for you. Through the bends you will soon discover the limits of its level of grip and there is body roll. If you are happy just to drive your car from A-B then this isn’t going to bother you and overall it handles very well for an ‘A’ segment City Car.

The ride is very good and makes an excellent job of soaking up poor road surfaces. The steering feedback is ok but it is a little over assisted for our taste.

Overall the Picanto is enjoyable to drive, if you do not expect it to perform like a hot hatch.

Ease of Use

We tested the 3-door Picanto City, it is very easy to get into the front seats but those with mobility problems will find the rear seats more challenging and are best suited to children. -There are 3-seats in the rear but 3 teenagers would struggle to fit in the back.

We found the driving position very good with excellent all round vision - parking is easy and there are rear parking sensors as standard. In the front there is good leg, shoulder and head room, although as said before the rear is better suited to children.

Although the Picanto has rear ISOFix seat fixings, it is a little difficult to get an ISOFix seat into place, and more difficult to remove, due to it being a 3-door car, you cannot get your hand easily down the side to release the seat.

The Kia Picanto has as you would expect a small foot print of 3595 mm long by 1595 mm wide which compares to the Skoda Citigo (VW up! and SEAT Mii) which is 3563 mm by 1641 mm, so it is slightly smaller. This second generation Picanto is the 60 mm longer than its predecessor with an increase in wheelbase of 15 mm. Front legroom has increased by 36mm, for example, while luggage capacity is 27% greater at 200 litres - and all with no change in the Picanto's height or width.

The boot capacity is quite small at 200 litres (compared to 251 litres for the Skoda Citigo) so do not expect to get a full sized pram in the boot, you will struggle with buggies as well. The rear seats fold on a 60/40 split which increases the boot size to a more accommodating 605 litres.

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